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By @PeatyZealot @PeatyZealot on 24th Nov 2014, show post

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@OdysseusUnbound

I just bought a Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, a whisky that is the bête noire of many a Connosr. Even though it has very wide batch variations, I always enjoy it. I need a replacement “leave at the in-laws” whisky to replace my Wiser’s Lanny McDonald, and CRNHR is an ideal replacement.

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@DaveM
DaveM replied

I purchased a bottle of Lagavulin 16YO as my current bottle is getting down there and the local store knocked $5 off the price.

4 months ago 4Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

I just bought a bottle of Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado Sherry. Why? Because I’ve really developed a taste for Amontillado and Oloroso Sherry in the last 2 years. Plus, its flavour doesn’t go “flat” as quickly as red wine once it’s opened.

4 months ago 6Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

Buys: Kilchoman Machir Bar (with two tasting glasses), Laphroaig CS and 10, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Talisker 10, Glenfarclas 8 and 105, Lagavulin 16 DE, Elijah Craig,, Finlaggan Old Reserve --and, accidentally, Knob Creek Smoked Maple. The KC SM is growing on me.Nose is quite sweet, but the rest isn't at all bad.

After nearly two months without being allowed to drive (broken fibula and tibia--the bones beneath the knee), I needed to get out and about for some quality whisky. And the prices at this place in MD (with the exception of the Lag DE) are insanely low. I was surprised that the Lag 12 is now up to 150$, so I passed on it. I' have no doubt that it it's great.

After seeing me inching my way on my butt and pushing my boxes with a crutch, a couple of neighbors helped me, as did the employees in the store. People ain't so bad. On Sunday I was able to hear Mahler's #9 in what may be the last full incarnation of the BSO (Baltimore), so I count myself lucky in a few respects. I still don't know what bottle to open first, though...

4 months ago 6Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

@Jonathan correction: the Laphroaigs were 10 and QC. They DID have the 10 CS, but I went for the GFarclas 105 for the wake of variety. I'll have them hold a bottle of the CS and get it next week...price was 60 for so.

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@OdysseusUnbound

I just "bought" a bottle of Elmer T Lee bourbon. I won one in the LCBO allocation lottery, but I won't get my hopes up until the bottle is in my hands. I've never tried it, so I'm curious to see what it's like. $60 seems a bit pricy for a bourbon bottled at 90 Proof, but it might be worthwhile.

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander replied

@OdysseusUnbound Alas, I came up all zeros.... but yes if you won it, you will get it (allocations are the one thing the LCBO doesn't screw up, as far as I know). I met a guy in Frankfort who makes and sells furniture out of used bourbon barrels and his favourite bourbon of all time is Elmer T Lee.

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

@Jonathan Two more additions (Laphroaig 10 CS (1 of 04 left at 62$) and Lag 8(40$)

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

@OdysseusUnbound That used to be one of my favorite bourbons when I could still find it.

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@talexander
talexander replied

@Nozinan Definitely for the best for me. I literally breathed a sigh of relief. The whisky, she is a stern mistress.

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@talexander Her cousin, the whiskEy, is just as stern.

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Astroke replied

@OdysseusUnbound I got one as well. Been 3 years since I finished my last bottle which was a return to the LCBO. I am more than happy to spend $60 Cad on this.

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Astroke That makes me feel a bit better. I had to think about it for a good 5 minutes before I pulled the trigger. Can you confirm the mashbill? The internet seems divided, but most of the bourbon cognoscenti seem to say BT Mashbill no.2 (15% Rye?).

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

Astroke replied

@OdysseusUnbound Buffalo Trace mash bill for #1 and #2 are for conjecture only but yes I would think MB 2 is around that mark. I had it before, not life changing and no where near worth what speculators want for it. Plus to be honest it is a bar trophy albeit an over hyped one. Rock Hill Farms was $91 at the LCBO and Blanton's is $70 so $60 for an allocated over hyped single barrel from the same mash bill seems right to me :)

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@Astroke @OdysseusUnbound It would be nice to have it at a tasting sometime... I think September is good for bourbon?

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@TracerBullet
TracerBullet replied

Playing a bit fast and loose with the "just bought" part of this thread but the last whisky I purchased was the Glenmorangie Allta. I picked this one up for a scotch tasting that I held. The tasting included The Original, Allta and the Quinta Ruban. As a special treat, I opened a bottle of Artein. All said, it was a pretty good tasting. The Allta was quite different from The Original! Was nice to do the compare.

4 months ago 6Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

@Jonathan Picked up Rittenhouse BIB and PC 10. Is it just me, or is the price drop fairly significant these days? If I I could Lag 12 at or around 100$, I'd be a happy camper.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@bwmccoy
bwmccoy replied

After tasting the following at the Distillery today, decided to purchase a bottle.

Single cask (#2549) previously used to age Heaven Hill Bourbon (1st-fill). Aged 50 months. This is a single barley; Washington Select Pale Malt. 60.1% ABV. Nose: pear, iced tea, lemon and banana. Palate: spiced cake, vanilla custard and ripe apple.

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@Hewie
Hewie replied

@bwmccoy Nice pick-up after the tasting. Out of interest, what bottles of Scotch would this be comparable to price-wise for you where you are? Interested to see what in relative terms what a craft bottle like that is worth. We get a fairly limited line of North American whisky here in NZ so I don't expect I'll ever see something like this here. Although, funnily enough, I see plenty of 'Muricans online lamenting their inability to find any Blantons - where I could pick one up any day if I wanted to.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

Woke up to fresh baked croissants in bed and a bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed (also received a Pikesville Rye) for Father's Day. Going out for lunch with my FiL and family shortly as well.

If that wasn't enough, I've been eyeing up the new Mortlach 16 and was about to buy but some digging revealed that newer batches were lesser than the first releases and suggested that the 'offer price' was there for a reason . . .

After much umming and ahhing I decided to hold on then saw Caol Ila 18 for £62 on Amazon so bought that instead. I also picked up an Ardbeg 10 Warehouse pack that was on offer for £40 (inc delivery). Being honest, I may look to sell on the Ardbeg in time (dons tin hat!) . . . smile

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@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@RianC nice way to wake up! At first I thought you were having croissants and rare breed for brekkie! laughing

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@cricklewood - No, but I was definitely tempted . . . smile

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@RianC my girlfriend made some peanut butter cookies with a smattering of sea salt on the top. I poured myself a small measure of Weller 107 last night and tucked into a cookie, I normally would find that too sweet but it was an excellent match.

@paddockjudge you were right about how good the OWA is after being open a few months.

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@RianC Thanks for the tip on the Mortlach 16. I might quit looking for it now unless the price is too good to not take a chance on it.

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

I just ordered a Benromach 100 proof. Word is it is discontinued. Might get a couple as it's a good price right now and it's a durn tasty dram. Anybody know what they are replacing it with?

4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@fiddich1980
fiddich1980 replied

I'm just curious about Legent. A blended sherry amd wine cask finished straight bourbon from Beam Suntory created in collaboration with Fred Noe and Shinji Fukuyo. Has anyone tried it and what are your impressions?

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@BlueNote Nice choice there. I bought one recently and I'll definitely pick up another soon. it's being replaced with vintage cask strength versions (small batch if you like). There are some reviews of the first out already, and it sounds good, but also a bit more pricey. I haven't seen hide no hair of them over here yet though. wordsofwhisky.com/old-benromach-100-proof-…

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